The Vancouver Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza will be relit tonight to celebrate the bobsleigh gold medal win by Canadian athletes Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse.
Convention centre staff have confirmed that the Olympic Cauldron will be rekindled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19.
On February 12, on the anniversary of Vancouver 2010, provincial government officials were pressured to relight the Olympic Cauldron following a public outcry over a decision to keep the flame dark. Shortly after on the same day, an anonymous pair of private donors came forward to help cover the high costs of rekindling the flame.
The Olympic Cauldron will be lit in the evenings whenever Canada wins a Olympic gold medal. This is Canada’s fifth Olympic gold medal win in the Sochi Games, but it will only be the first time the Olympic Cauldron has been turned on to celebrate a gold medal claim.
The flame could burn brightly again tomorrow night given that Canada is a medal favourite in several events throughout the day. This includes the Canadian women’s hockey team if it is able to defend its Olympic gold title against the United States during the final game that is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PST.
Four days remain in the Sochi 2014 Olympics: the Games end on Sunday, February 23, with the men’s gold medal hockey game scheduled for 4 a.m. PST and the Closing Ceremony beginning shortly after at 8:00 a.m. PST.
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